Thursday July 24, 2008 | The Next American Century

July 24, 2008 at 5:00 am | Posted in On Air | 2 Comments

Chris Clackum is in for Mike Collins on this edition of Charlotte Talks. We’ll be joined by an economist from Belmont Abbey College whose new book describes three modern waves of the world’s economic integration and discusses America’s role in driving the current era of globalization. Professor William Van Lear’s book is The Next American Century.
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Monday July 21, 2008 | Offshore Drilling

July 21, 2008 at 7:56 am | Posted in On Air | 6 Comments

There are renewed calls to open possible oil and gas fields deep under water off the coast of North and South Carolina.  We’ll learn about what might be out there, where it is and what it would take to extract it.  We’ll also discuss the possible environmental impact.
Guests
Bob Tippee – Editor,
Oil and Gas Journal
Franklin Yoho – Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations, Piedmont Natural Gas
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Friday July 18, 2008 | The State of Banking

July 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in On Air | 2 Comments

We’ll look at the current state of banking in America and our region. Wachovia recently named a new C.E.O., but their stock continues to struggle, a major bank in California has failed and the nation’s two largest mortgage lenders are in trouble. Today, we examine those topics.
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Thursday July 17, 2008 | Large Scale Charities

July 16, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Posted in On Air | 5 Comments

In the face of recent press about executive salaries at United Way, we’ll look at how large scale charities work.  How much of your charitable dollars actually go to charity and how much goes to running the organization to which you’ve donated?  We’re joined by a man who watches faith based organizations to provide donors with information on how the money is used and by a consultant who works with non-profit groups.
Guests
Rusty Leonard
– Director,
The Wall Watchers
John Hewett – President, Hewett Consulting
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Wednesday July 16, 2008 | Average Joes

July 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm | Posted in On Air | 3 Comments

It’s the July installment of our Average Joes Panel. We’re joined by two men and two women; two are independents, one a Republican and the other a Democrat who doesn’t like the “liberal” label; they’re an assistant superintendent, a history teacher, an IT student and the manager of a Christian publication. Join these four Charlotte Talks listeners to discuss the topics they care about, like education, the election, the environment, living in Charlotte and more!
Guests
Melanie Cogdill
Maggie Coleman
Rob DePaola
Ron Wright
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Tuesday July 15, 2008 | Customer Service

July 14, 2008 at 9:09 am | Posted in On Air | 4 Comments

With the outsourcing of call centers, downsizing, and taking ‘real people’ out of the world of customer service with new technology, the customer service industry has had to navigate a lot of bumps in the road and major change. We’ll talk about some of the ways customer service professionals are trying to give good service to their customers and how people in different areas of expertise deliver customer service.
Guests
Ed Gagnon – President, Customer Service Solutions in Charlotte, and columnist for the Charlotte Business Journal
Brian Cox – eGovernment / Customer Service Director for Mecklenburg County
Dwayne Campbell – Customer Relationship Manager for Mecklenburg County IT Services (internal customer service)
Kimberly Laney – Interim Director of CharMeck 311 Call Center
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Monday July 14, 2008 | Life in Iraq

July 14, 2008 at 7:30 am | Posted in On Air | 2 Comments

We hear from two teenagers from Iraq who are visiting the U.S. for the first time. They’ll share their experiences of growing up under the Saddam Hussein regime and of coming of age in a time of war. We’ll also be joined by a member of The World Leader Program, which aims to provide cross-cultural experiences for teenagers around the world.
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Friday July 11, 2008 | Decline of the Daily Newspaper

July 9, 2008 at 1:57 pm | Posted in On Air | 15 Comments

The daily newspaper, once a staple of the family breakfast table and coffee shop denizens, is under attack from the proliferation of electronic media and rising fuel and printing costs. The McClatchy Company, owners of the Charlotte Observer and other daily newspapers, recently laid off over a thousand employees. We’ll talk about challenges facing the daily newspaper in general and the Observer specifically.
Guest
Howard Weaver-
Vice President, The McClatchy Company
Min Jiang – Asst. Professor, Communication, UNC Charlotte
Rick Thames – Editor,
The Charlotte Observer
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Thursday July 10, 2008 | Organic Gardening

July 9, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Posted in On Air | 1 Comment

A conversation about organic gardening, creative watering and local food. We’ll be joined by Don Boekelheide of the Urban Ministry Center. The center has received a grant to install a cistern to help water the organic vegetable garden there. We’ll talk about how that will aid in producing more local food and the many ways this garden helps the homeless, who also work the garden. Other experts join the panel to discuss general organic gardening tips.
Guests

David Goforth
– Agriculture Extension Agent, NC State University
Don Boekelheide – Director,
Urban Ministry Center Garden
Pam Ruch – Editor, Organic Gardening Magazine
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Wednesday July 9, 2008 | Independence Boulevard Area Plan

July 9, 2008 at 8:13 am | Posted in On Air | Leave a comment

One of Charlotte’s oldest and most important thoroughfares, Independence Boulevard continues to undergo major transformation.  Our panel will talk about what’s next for the major road as well as the businesses and communities along its length.
Guests
Nancy Carter
– Member, Charlotte City Council, Tranportation and Economic Development committe member
Tom Warshauer – Economic Development Director, City of Charlotte
Danny Pleasant – Director, Charlotte Department of Transportation
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